A Travel Guide to Vijayawada

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Vijayawada, also known as Bezawada, rests on the banks of the river Krishna, is flanked by Indrakeeladri mountain on one side and is the business capital of Andhra Pradesh. The iconic Kanaka Durga temple, which sits atop the mountain, overlooks the city and gives it a magical touch. The town is known for its rich cultural history and is a melting pot of various religious traditions. This makes Vijayawada the perfect getaway and offers an opportunity to discover unique cultural and historical traditions.

There is something unique about Vijayawada that is very hard to find in any other country. Take, for example, the Happy Sunday initiative by the Municipal Corporation. Every 1st Sunday of the month, the city organises an event on MG Road in which citizens from all age groups participate. From Yoga classes to skating competitions, the day celebrates the spirit of the city. While the best way to get around town is in an auto-rickshaw, one can decide to walk, all the while experiencing the city's local flavour through its food and culture through its many temples and caves. If you are with friends and want to party, check out the Tanvi restaurant, a floating boat and ideal for late-night parties on the waterfront. The spectacular beauty of Kanaka Durga Temple, the structural ingenuity of Undavalli caves, the expanse of Krishna River, or the serene atmosphere at the Gandhi Stupa on Gandhi hill - all make Vijayawada a peaceful and quiet getaway for the unconventional traveller.

Best time to visit Vijayawada

The best time to visit Vijayawada is during winters between October and March, when the weather is pleasant and ranges between 10 and 30 degrees celsius. The summers are unbearably hot and can go up to 45 degrees celsius. The monsoons are lovely but are filled with heavy downpours, making it a bit difficult to travel. The city's climate is tropical and ranges between 25 degrees and 40 degrees Celsius.

Most spoken language(s) in Vijayawada


How to reach Vijayawada

  • By air: Flights to Vijayawada will arrive at Vijayawada International Airport which is almost 13 km from the city in the Gannavaram region. Vijayawada is connected with all the country's major metros, with IndiGo operating daily flights from Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Kolkata.
  • By train:The Vijayawada railway station is directly linked to major cities through a regular rail network, with trains both originating from and connecting to the town.
  • By bus:You can reach Vijayawada easily via The APSRTC–state transportation, which offers frequent bus service connecting all the regions of Andhra Pradesh.

Getting around Vijayawada: The best way to get around the city is via bus. With a BRTS system in place, every part of the city is connected through a network of frequent buses operated by Andhra Pradesh State Road Transportation Corporation (APSTRC). We suggest getting an Ola cab, which is always a click away if you want a more convenient way to get around.

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Places to visit in Vijayawada

  • Prakasam Barrage: One of the key landmarks in the city is the Prakasam barrage, which cuts through the Krishna River and connects the Krishna and Guntur district. The dam eventually doubles into a road from where you can get a different view of the sparkling, gushing water–especially during dusk.
  • Bhavani Islands: This island, situated off the city's coast, is formed by the river Krishna and is about 130 acres wide. There isn't much to do here in terms of sightseeing, but they have a lot of fun sports activities that you can try out. From relaxing boat rides and resorts to high-intensity adventure zones—this place will keep you entertained no matter what.
  • Kanaka Durga Temple: Situated on the banks of the Krishna River and surrounded by Indrakeeladri Hills, this temple is a Dravidian masterpiece. It has numerous legends and fables attached to it, each of which is as astonishing as the temple itself. The deity here is four feet high and is adorned with ornaments of all types, while with her eight arms, she is seen carrying powerful weapons. The Temple of Malleswara is situated in the foothills, which bears inscriptions from various kings dating back to the 9th century.
  • Undavalli Caves: Located just 6 km from the city, these caves are an example of Indian rock-cut architecture and are a must-see. These caves were cut out from sandstone hills way back in the 4th or 5th century. Of all the caves, the largest one comprises four stories and is enshrined with a massive statue of Lord Vishnu, which is sculpted in a reclining posture from a single block of granite. This is one of the finest examples of Gupta architecture and is sure to leave you amazed because of its marvellous handiwork. You can head to the top of the caves to get a mesmerising view of the hills or take a boat ride on the river while enjoying the natural beauty.
  • Mogalarajapuram Caves: This place of archaeological importance is located at a distance of 5 km east of the city. It has an 'Ardhanarisvara' statue, which is thought to be the earliest in South India and one of its kind. It also has five rock-cut sanctuaries that back to the 5th century; only one is still in good condition.

Shopping in Vijayawada

High-end shopping/luxury shopping/shopping malls in Vijayawada

  • PVP Square
  • Ripples Mall
  • Trendset Mall
  • Kalanikethan
  • LEPL Centro

Street shopping in Vijayawada

  • Besant Road: The flea market at Besant Road offers a plethora of knick-knacks, accessories, artsy jewellery pieces and more. It is easy to spend hours and hours here looking for, honestly, nothing in particular.
  • Benz Circle: It is one of the busiest showsin Vijayawada. Look around, because we are sure you will find something to bring back home with you, like a Kalamkaari painting or a replica of an artefact from the local shops.
  • Kondapalli Market: This area is cluttered with tiny antique shops selling countless handicraft products ranging from textiles, jewellery, toys, furniture and art-related products–all at reasonable rates.

Places to eat in Vijayawada

GAD Restaurant, The Getaway hotel
GAD Restaurant, The Getaway hotel

Located on M.G road, GAD Restaurant is perhaps the best place for fine dining. South Indian cuisine at the restaurant is mouth-watering. Must try? Cabbage chutney and the Onion Uttapam. Go here for the breakfast buffet spread.


Barbeque Nation
Barbeque Nation

The chain restaurant, Barbeque Nation is famous for its grilled dishes, which are offered right off the barbeque and gives patrons a chance for some easy cooking and eating. Reasonably priced with excellent customer service, this place ranks high on the quality and hospitality.

Hyderabad House
Hyderabad House

Hyderabad House restaurant is heaven for those looking for an authentic take on the world famous biryani on the Tikkle Road.


Seven Days Café
Seven Days Café

Run by a family of food enthusiasts, Seven Days cafe serves delicious bakery items and is famous in the city for its cakes.

R. R. Durbar
R. R. Durbar

Ornately designed, the restaurant serves delightful portions of North Indian and Chinese fare. Perfect for a romantic date (with its Egyptian interiors) the place is famous in the city as the best restaurant for dinner.

Brindavan Chaat Corner
Brindavan Chaat Corner

A street vendor who has taken the city by storm. Chaat, Panipuri and other mouth-watering snackable items are top sellers at the chaat corner, which is set up in the Brindavan colony. Keep your handkerchiefs ready, for the food here is spicy!


Where to stay in Vijayawada


The Gateway Hotel Situated in the city centre, The Getaway Hotel is a luxurious property with excellent staff and service. The place offers a lot of amenities like a spa, gym and picks and drop shuttle from the Vijayawada Airport. The Getaway Hotel also boasts of some of the best 24/7 restaurants in town. It's a 5-star property which is chosen both by the politicians and film stars when visiting the city. Distance from the airport: 21 km


Haailand Resort Situated far from the noise of the city, and boasting a fully-functioning water park, Haailand Resort is what vacations are made of. Rooms designed like boats, replete with all the amenities, with an entertainment centre, pool tables, restaurant, gymnasium, rides, a water park and more, the stay here is best enjoyed with loved ones. Distance from the airport: 35 km


Treebo C-Plaza Treebo C-Plaza on MG Road is an affordable hotel with good service, clean rooms and basic amenities. For overnight or transit stay, this is a good place to put the luggage down. Stay here comes with complimentary breakfast and is great for people travelling for business. Distance from the airport: 20 km.


Continental Park Hotel Spacious rooms, courteous staff, and affordable prices–that’s the Continental Park Hotel. Situated very close to the market and the railway station, with loads of food joints nearby and a market to shop from, the hotel is great for short trips. Distance from the airport: 19 km

Hotel DV Manor

Hotel DV Manor Situated in the heart of the city, with a 24/7 coffee shop, an eclectic range of cuisine at Aromas gourmet dining and a bar at Springs, Hotel DV Manor is great for both the business and leisure-seeking travellers. Distance from the airport: 18 km


Fortune Hotel Fortune Business Hotel is a member of the ITC group and stands out as a great place for a short stay. The hotel boasts of a famous bar called the Neptune. Distance from the airport: 20 km

More reasons to visit Vijayawada

Bapu Museum

The Bapu Museum, formerly known as Victoria Jubilee Museum is of immense archaeological importance and was renamed after renowned film director, Sattiraju Lakshmi Narayana. This structure was built in an Indo-European style and dated back over 100 years. It also houses an extensive collection of sculptures, paintings, and artefacts of Buddhist and Hindu relics, some of them going back to the 2nd and 3rd centuries.

Amravati Museum

Located in a village in the Guntur district, the Amaravati Archaeological Museum is one of the oldest museums with a vast collection of archaeological artefacts like jewellery, utensils and coins etc., which are over 2000 years old. The museum also has a replica of the Buddha stupa and is home to the damaged remains of the original Buddha stupa.

Akkanna Madanna Temple

This rock-cut cave temple is situated in the foothills of the Indrakeeladri temple, where the famous Kanaka Durga Temple also stands. Even though the caves have existed from the 6th or 7th century, the temple was built around the 17th century, making it a must for history buffs.

Kondapalli Fort

This historical beauty is only an hour's drive from the city. Situated in the middle of greenery, this granite structure makes for a pleasant surprise on your drive over. It dates back to the 13th century and is filled with a rich cultural history. It has three entry gates, but the primary attraction is the Tanisha Mahal or Palace, which is located on a crest between two hills.

Places to visit near Vijayawada

Lined with coconut treats, Vodarevu beach offers a spectacular view for tourists looking to get away from the city. It is less than a three-hour drive from Vijayawada, making it a favourite for short road trips. You can also head up the Gundala. This locality is situated less than four hours away from Vijayawada. It is famous for its Catholic shrines, the most well-known being the Gunadala Matha Shrine, the biggest in Andhra Pradesh. It is situated on Gundala hill, which is the tallest among a cluster of tiny hills.

One day travel guide for Vijayawada

Start your day with fresh air and head to Bhavani Islands for bird watching (around 7.00 am) or take a relaxing boat ride. If you're into adventure sports, then stick around to try out water skiing, jet skiing, parasailing and many more fun things for less than (starts at 9 am). You can visit tons of places throughout the day, like the Undavalli Caves or Bapu Museum. If you're too lazy, then you can check out the various temples like the Kanaka Durga Temple near the hills. The city comes to life during the evening, so head over to Prakasam barrage and witness the expanse of the river during the sunset when the entire barrage is lit up and reflects in the calming waters of the river.


Festivals in Vijayawada

Deccan Festival

The culture hub of South India, Vijayawada organises the Deccan festival every February. Conducted for five days, Mushairas, qawwalis, dance, and ghazals make the entire ambience enthralling. Food is another delight during the festival.

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